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Wellington Zoo wins Museums Shops retail award

Wellington Zoo has won its category at the 2018 Museums Shops Association of Australia & New Zealand Retail Recognition Awards

The award, for Best Product or Range – Turnover Under 1 million, was for the Zoo’s Conservation Colouring & Activity Book.

The Dowse Art Museum was a finalist in the category, for The Pattern Project, alongside the ACMI, Australia’s national museum of film, TV, video games, digital culture and art, which won the People’s Choice Award for Wonderland.

The MSAANZ Retail Recognition Awards promote excellence by recognising institutions who have developed outstanding bespoke products or ranges, that exemplify the highest standards and innovative practice, and engage with diverse audiences.

The award winners serve as inspirational leaders to the cultural retail sector: they embody the membership body’s stated values of developing expertise and maximising creativity.

This year there were a record number of entries, from Australia and New Zealand, testament to the high level of innovative practice in the sector.

Two Auckland organisations were finalists in Best Product or Range – Turnover over 1 million: Auckland Art Gallery, for The Corsini Collection, and Auckland War Memorial Museum, for Being Chinese in Aotearoa.

That award was won by the National Museum of Australia, for Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters.